Path Into Darkness – Lisa Alber

Happy belated release!

Also, thanks to Midnight Ink for the copy in exchange for my honest review!

PATH INTO DARKNESS by Lisa Alber – released August 8th!

Another #allthebookreviews selection, so keep an eye out for Chandra’s and my collective thoughts.

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My Thoughts: 4.5/5 stars!

This atmospheric murder mystery thriller was an absorbing read. While Lisa Alber’s PATH INTO DARKNESS is book three in the County Clare series, you can read it as a standalone. I do want to go back and read books 1 and 2 simply because the development of some of the relationships is missing. So I did feel like I was missing some background information.

Taking place in Lisfenora, Ireland we start with the discovery of Elder Joe’s body in his cottage. Detective Sergeant Danny Ahern is assigned to the murder case, but he is dealing with his own demons that he’s trying to keep at bay. With the town’s annual matchmaking festival quickly approaching, the pressure is on to catch the killer. His investigation leads him to the Tate family. Nathan has his dark secrets within his secrets, so needless to say he’s troubled, and then there’s Zoe, the daughter he had abandoned years ago.

It amazed me how descriptive Alber was, without it feeling too wordy. Sometimes overly descriptive novels feel like they drag on and on. It felt like I was actually there in Lisfenora with the characters and experiencing everything with them. I will say that I’d recommend reading the first two novels. I’m definitely missing some background information and the development of the returning characters. So the transition into their current situations was a little lost on me (hence why I took off half a star).

There were twists and turns, and very disturbing secrets revealed about the residents in this quiet town. If you want an atmospheric murder mystery thriller with flawed characters, then I’d highly recommend this one to you!

 

August has been off to a great start, and I definitely will be grabbing the other two County Clare Mysteries books from Lisa Alber!

–Jess

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